how to pronounce starfish


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starfish is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of starfish in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… it's starfish because i figured …”

meanings of starfish


  1. Any of various asteroids or other echinoderms (not in fact fish) with usually five arms, many of which eat bivalves or corals by everting their stomach.
  2. The anus.
  3. Any many-armed or tentacled sea invertebrate, whether cnidarian, echinoderm, or cephalopod.
  4. A woman who reluctantly takes part in sexual intercourse, and lays on her back while spreading her limbs.


  1. To assume a splayed-out shape, like that of a starfish.
  2. To form into a splayed-out shape, like that of a starfish.

starfish frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word starfish occurs in english on average 1.2 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics starfish can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that starfish can be often used in the following areas:

1) food and health;

2) life, nature, and living environment;

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